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Jenkins MBA students compete in Startup Madness

By Christine Ferrell

Two NC State entrepreneurship teams were selected this week to represent the university in today’s ACC Startup Maddness competition. Startup Madness occurs during “March Madness,” and ACC schools send their best student entrepreneurial teams to compete and determine who goes home with the prizes and bragging rights.

Two NC State Jenkins MBA students are represented on the NC State graduate student team, ThermaFlow Solutions, a startup that leverages NC State technology to provide the latest innovation in particle and cell analysis. The multi-disciplinary team aims to disrupt industries from scientific research to heavy equipment manufacturers.

The startup team members are graduate students in the HiTEC program, part of the interdisciplinary technology entrepreneurship and commercialization concentration in the Jenkins MBA program. Team members are:

  • Charles Grant Culbertson, Jr., doctoral candidate, forest biomaterials, December 2016, College of Natural Resources
  • Tristan Jung Hun Kim, Jenkins MBA candidate, May 2015, Poole College of Management
  • Judd Melvin, Master of Microbial Biotechnology candidate, May 2015, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Mukta Nag, Master of Microbial Biotechnology candidate, May 2014, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Joseph M. Thomas, MS, Jenkins MBA candidate, May 2014, Poole College of Management

The NC State teams will be competing against teams from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, the University of Maryland, Syracuse University, Florida State University, Georgia Tech, University of Miami, Wake Forest University, and Clemson University.

The competition schedule on March 19 begins with the first round at 10 a.m. The final ‘Elite Eight’ round begins at 5:30 pm. and winners will be announced at 6:45 p.m.

Good luck to our NC State teams!

Read the full story posted on the Poole College news site.

Read more about Startup Madness.

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